At long last, Crysis 2 has arrived, and we love it. For those who share our enthusiasm for nanosuits and state of the art graphics, PDP has created the Crysis 2 Bluetooth Headset for PlayStation 3, announced earlier this month.
At $39.99, the headset is competitively priced, but it comes at the cost
of a few bells and whistles commonly associated with Bluetooth
headsets. For instance, it doesn't come with multiple ear hook sizes or
interchangeable rubber in-ear pads; making it a one size fits all
device. Except it really isn't.
Despite frequently readjusting, I was unable to get the headset to
really feel comfortable. It just sort of hung over my ear, and couldn't
create a tight seal. Removing the hook didn't improve matters either, as
the in-ear rubber seal was too small to fit my ear.
The build also felt a bit cheaper than I would hoped, though it
certainly preserves that distinct Crysis 2 look, with a glossy metallic
plastic finish, and elongated, almost aeronautic-style design. The
power, pairing, mute, and call answering button is fairly accessible
along the exterior, but the volume controls have been built along the
narrow edges of the frame, which may look cool, but are ultimately
difficult to find by just feeling around for them. Battery life is
decent, and delivers the promised talk time of roughly 5 hours on a full
charge, and the built-in USB port makes recharging simple.
But more than anything, my biggest gripe with the design is the
placement of the microphone, which instead of close to your mouth at the
tip of the headset was built into the inside panel. It not only makes
your voice sound distant, but also muffled, and it is sometimes even
difficult to make out what exactly the user is saying.
For the $39.99, the Crysis 2 headset is an alluring Bluetooth solution
for fans of the game and PlayStation 3 users, but there are a number of
glaring issues that keep it from being truly effective.